I have to write a 4-6 page essay on Should we allow Welfare for the poor?

I'd like to know what Im going to write since it's a lot of information. I have to have at least 3 sources by the way.

Oh, list ideas for a thesis, please..

I am guessing I'll first write:

1. Intro.. but whitin the intro what will I write there.

2. Pros and cons of walfare for the poor

a) evidence supporting pro 1

b) evidence supporting pro 2

c) evidence supporting pro 3

d) evidence supporting con 1

e) evidence supporting con 2

f) evidence supporting con 3

3 List how much money is spent yearly

a) evidence showing how it is good

b) showing evidence how it is bad

4. should welfare for the poor not be allowed anymore?

These are just some ideas I'm thinking of right now..

please list others as well

This paper is due Sep 15th but, I'd like to submit a rough draft first

4 Answers

  • 6 years ago
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    When you subsidize something, you will get more of it.

    Give lots of free stuff to people who do not want to work - that is the majority of the recipients - and you will have more people who do not want to work.

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    Myth : Most welfare recipients are on benefits a short time.

    Let me make that clearer.

    At any one time 80% of any given caseload is chronic, repeat for one or more lifetimes.

    80% of the money being spent at any one moment in time, is for the chronic, constantly needy, needy by choice, more than circumstances.

    The other 20% comes and goes on a regular basis, in one door, out the other, never to be seen again.

    At any moment in time, only 20% of the total, but over a long stretch (say five years), most of the ones helped were short timers, came and went, just like the myth says, most of the recipients on a short time,. . . . . . . but they only use 20% of the total funds available.

    80% of the financial help available, goes to those ‘few bad apples.’

    That does not sound like a good taxpayer investment to me.

    It seems to me the lion share of the money should be spent on the temporarily poor, the poor by circumstances, more than choice.



    Today’s antipoverty safety net is dramatically different from the one in place two decades ago when welfare reform was enacted. Rather than a safety net primarily dependent on cash assistance programs, as is the common perception, the current system is highly reliant on social service programs funded by government and delivered through community-based nonprofits. Annual public and private expenditures for social service programs today exceed total federal outlays for cash assistance programs like welfare, food stamps, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).|


    How much does a welfare family of 3 have in income?

    $21,996 per year.

    If she were working she would have to earn at least $30,000 per year - probably more.

    That is $14.40 per hour.

    There are a lot of variables.

    I choose Washington state, and have the children both under age five. The woman is paying $250 rent, and I did not count anything for HUD or section 8.

    I assumed that the woman lived with family members and paid them $250 rent and help with the utilities a little - maybe $50 per month.

    If she were getting housing help, it could easily increase another $5000 per year.

    If she were in a work program, she would have day care, and that would increase her welfare benefits.

    To keep it simple, I assumed the woman is claiming a disability and exempted from the work program.

    A family of three, with no income, would receive a monthly TANF grant of $478.


    Based on subsidized rent of $250…………….food stamps would be $526.00


    LIHEAP (energy assistance would be $1000 per year, $83.00 per month.


    WIC (children to age 5) Washington average monthly benefit $41.64 x 2 = $83.28


    The average cost of Medicaid for one adult and two children $663.66


    The total of these benefits is $1833 per month.

    Net of $21,996 per year.

    Someone earning $30,000 per year, (plus full medical insurance – employer paid), who nets 74% would have this income.

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    Most cash assistance cases have no adult head of household, so no work requirements.

    Cash Welfare Caseload. In December 2010, the number of families receiving TANF cash welfare was 1.9 million families, consisting of 4.7 million recipients, of which 3.5 million were children. The cash welfare caseload is very heterogeneous. The type of family historically thought of as the “typical” cash welfare family—one with an unemployed adult recipient—accounted for less than half of all families on the rolls in FY2008. Additionally, 15% of cash welfare families had an employed adult, while almost half of all families had no adult recipient. Child-only families include those with disabled adults receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), adults who are nonparents (e.g., grandparents, aunts, uncles) caring for children, and families consisting of citizen children and ineligible noncitizen parents.


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    EBT trafficking

    If someone ever says to you “Beneficiary fraud of food stamps is less than one percent”, you know they are clueless, and ignorant of the facts.

    When I first read a comment like this I thought ‘Not possible in a million years, I’ve been doing this work too long and I know better.’

    After seeing it 2 or 3 times I decided to get to the bottom of it, where was such information coming from.

    Lo and behold I found a report by the Department of Agriculture – they administer the food stamps program, also called SNAP- titled “The Extent of Trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: 2009-2011”.


    Well, finally I would be able to show what I knew to be true, selling of EBT card benefits is RAMPANT.

    Imagine my disappointment when I read “Trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits occurs when SNAP recipients sell their benefits for cash to food retailers, often at a discount.”

    Yes folks, “beneficiary fraud” only occurs if the beneficiary sells their benefits to a retailer, not if they sell them to a consumer. All they care is somebody, somewhere, is buying food.

    Nobody knows how bad EBT fraud is, because they are not looking, they do not care. Trust me on this.

  • 6 years ago

    Dude, it's for my f*cking government class. If I wasn't taking this class I wouldn't give a **** who allows or doesn't allow welfare for low American income a$$es. Anyways, the weak are supposed to die and the strong live. GTFO f@ggot

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    we should but we should put some restrictions to it...

    we should limit it to a few yrs

    we shouldn't allow kids to receive it if they don't have an american parent to apply for it

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Stop and think a moment about what you are saying. "Allow" "welfare" for the poor? Who the fcuk gave you the authority to decide whether to "allow" people to be able to feed their kids or get medical care? What kind of heartless fuckbrain are you, anyway? Take your conservative Republican greed and shove it up your behind.

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